WARNING on posting photos

sautesmomMarch 15, 2011

This is cross-posted...

Everyone who posts photos in their messages needs to be aware of the newest technology--several times lately I have viewed people's Gardenweb photos taken with advanced digital cameras, and the page they are hosted on has the longitude and latitude of where the photo was taken, and sometimes even a link to Google maps!!! Since many of us take photos of our back yards, I have followed these links to that person's address, with a satellite photo on Googlemaps of their back yard, complete with street address!!!

So unless you want burglars or internet kooks climbing over your back fence, you should make sure you are blocking the location where your photos were taken in your photo-hosting websites.

Carla in Sac

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mrdoitall(7)

Wow!!!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 2:16AM
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catman529(6b)

Heard about that on another forum. Didn't try for myself though to see whose images carry the info, but thanks for sharing the warning. I hope none of my photos have my coords attached.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 2:45AM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

Photobucket doesn't have the info and any picasa photos I've looked at said n/a on the lat. and long.
Are you telling us that digital cameras have GPS and know where they are?

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 2:53AM
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taz6122(N.W. AR.6b)

I think it may be done from camera phones but not cameras.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 2:56AM
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daylilyfanatic4(Zone 6 SE NY)

Some digital cameras have GPS too.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 6:20AM
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sammy zone 7 Tulsa

What about Picture Trail? Will it happen from them?

Sammy

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 7:18AM
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mulio

turn off the gps function on the device.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 1:06PM
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sautesmom

Correction--apparently it needs to be turned off in your camera itself, doing it in the photohosting website still leaves info spammers can mine.

And if you want to see where that photo on your trip in Europe was taken, you can turn it back on for rare instances, but you should turn it off at all other times if you share photos. And the default in these new cameras is to GeoTag the info on your picture, the default is NOT for privacy.

It's only the new advanced cameras with GPS, so if you have a 6-year-old camera like I do, you probably don't have to worry about it.

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   March 15, 2011 at 3:01PM
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dickiefickle(5B Dousman,Wi.)

ALSO Heads up on the "quick pass" credit cards,these are the cards where you just swipe near near the terminal to pay rather then really swipe it thru the machine. These can be hijacked by thieves while they are still in your wallet ,all the thief has to do is get close enough to pick up your card signal on their portable scanner. I think wrapping the card in aluminum foil may prevent the theft

    Bookmark   March 16, 2011 at 2:42AM
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fran_always(z6 PA)

Check out apps similar to exifcleaner, which cleans your pics before posting them online. I'm not connected to this company, but I'm using the program.

Here is a link that might be useful: exif cleaner

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 12:38AM
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natal(Louisiana 8b)

Here's more info if you take photos with a phone or newer digital camera.

Here is a link that might be useful: web photo geotags

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 8:52PM
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ladyrose65

Where on your digital camera can you disconnect the GPS locator? I have a small sony digital.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2011 at 12:38PM
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retro_stripes(9)

most newer digital camera's have built in GPS. I know that flickr.com has a geotagging function as well as exif data. you can turn them off, but hackers can get in. I recommend taking pictures away from your home.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2011 at 6:46AM
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lois(PA Zone 6)

If you use a photo editor such as PhotoShop and save the edited photo with a new filename, it should get rid of most of the photo info, including latitude/longitude.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2011 at 7:02PM
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lucille(Houston)

Good warning. But I have a modest back yard and can't see anyone pulling a heist to steal my tomatoes.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 1:35AM
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